Research Networks & Collaborations

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Research Networks and Collaborations

The Visual Inference Lab is member of the following research networks at and beyond TU Darmstadt:

  • ELLIS will perform fundamental research in modern AI, attract top international industry research labs, and spawn startups that will become major players in the future. It will thus drive excellence in Europe’s research and use of machine intelligence to foster economic development and improve the lives of people.

    ELLIS will be a top employer in machine intelligence research, on par with Berkeley, Stanford, CMU, and MIT. It will also be a world class venue to get trained in the field: in conjunction with universities, it will develop a highly attractive European PhD program, and it will strive to retain the best graduates within ELLIS to groom them into the next generation of senior scientists.

    Taken together, this means that Europe will be able to play a major role in the scientific and societal revolution that is underway . The first and second industrial revolution not only transformed technology but also led to fundamental societal changes. These changes were managed by European democracies and values. The current revolution may be equally significant. Europe should benefit from it and European values should help shape its impact.


  • Driving research excellence, education, practice and leadership in AI to foster economic growth and improve the human condition.

    The new Hessian Centre for Artificial Intelligence (hessian.AI) – funded by the State of Hesse and with its main site at TU Darmstadt – aims to deliver excellent basic research, focus on specific practical applications to find answers to the important challenges of our time and transfer the knowledge to business and society. The new centre presented today is unique across Germany because it is backed by 13 universities in Hesse comprising different types of institutions and brings together their various strengths.


  • Artificial Intelligence at TU Darmstadt (AI•DA) is an initiative of several reserach groups at the TU Darmstadt to coordinate and advance core AI research. According to John McCarthy, one of the founders of the field, AI is “the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs. It is related to the similar task of using computers to understand human intelligence, but AI does not have to confine itself to methods that are biologically observable.” So, how can computers reason, learn and act? How can computers learn with less help from us and data? How can computers understand images and natural text? How can robots learn to act? What are the computational principle underyling human cognition? And what can machines learn from this? Can AI be made understandable by us? How can intelligent machines and robots cooperate and interact with us in the loop? These are just few examples of the scientific questions AI•DA is addressing in the unique environment provide by the TU Darmstadt, its Computer Science Department and its Centre for Cognitive Science.


  • The Centre for Cognitive Science at Technische Universität Darmstadt unites faculty members across multiple disciplines, who joined forces in the scientific study of adaptive, intelligent behavior in humans and machines.

    At the Centre of Cognitive Science we work towards a computational-representational understanding of human perception, cognition, and action through a tight integration of artificial intelligence and cognitive science. TU Darmstadt is one of the preeminent research universities in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and robotics in Germany and Europe. We develop computational and algorithmic solutions to challenging AI- and ML-problems and we also employ insight from AI and ML to psychology, movement science, and neuroscience. Furthermore, we believe that cognitive science can help to drastically improve our future interaction with and explainability of artificial intelligence.

    The Core Members form our specific scientific approach and turn the Centre for Cognitive Science into a highly attractive research environment for computational cognitive science and for developing cognitive systems.


  • Intel Network on Intelligent Systems (NIS)

    The Intel Network on Intelligent Systems is a large-scale strategic investment of Intel Corporation, supporting academic research at a number of leading European labs in the area of Intelligent Systems.